Thankful for Opportunities to Learn (aka Frustrating Driving Moments)

Day 2,138

There is always a choice to make. While I have no control over almost anything in life I can control my emotions and reactions to everything. I can choose to be frustrated and angered or I can feel grateful and blessed. The choice is always up to each of us.

Ugh… why didn’t they use their blinker? Why is this person driving 10 below the speed limit in the left lane? How could they not see me when they decided to switch lanes into the exact space I was already occupying? Don’t they have cruise control?

Yup, all of these thought flooded through my. Rain while driving today. For sure, I’m not going to win any awards for my driving prowess, but how people managed to step on almost every pet peeve in less than eight hours still blows my mind. By the third time I was beyond frustrated…

…and then I laughed. I laughed so hard I almost had tears in my eyes. I shook my head, gave a quick look up, and said “Thank you!”

Yes, these situations happened, but they didn’t have to be frustrating. They were reminders to me of why I should drive certain ways. They were reminders of all the times when I’ve done the same thing and then wondered why the other driver seemed upset. Each of these moments were opportunities to grow. To show grace and compassion. To learn to relax. To be thankful for opportunities to learn. Here I was getting angry when I really should be thanking The Bug Dude Upstairs for having the foresight to see that I had more to learn, a gap that I could work to close.

I’m thankful for each of these moments today. They were all opportunities to learn, to grow, and to remember to focus on being a better me. What a blessing!


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